Travel Tips

Overview

These tips should be considered for a successful and delightful safari in Tanzania because they will spare you a lot of frustration and needless hustle prior to and during your vacation. They are valuable details properly gathered throughout the years as we traveled to many destinations in our wonderful country, Tanzania. These are intended to assist you in preparing for your vacation with Lango Afrika.

Visa

Unless your country of origin and Tanzania has a convention that exempts Tanzania from requiring visas, every foreigner is expected to have an active visa in order to enter the country. Please take note that your passport must have at least two blank pages and be valid for no less than six months after your departure date from Tanzania.

Although you can apply for a visa online in advance, you can also get one at the airport. The Tanzania Electronic Visa Application System allows for this. You will receive an email confirmation after the application, which could take one to three weeks. You could save a lot of time at the airport by applying for the visa in advance, and it will simply need to be stamped in your passport. Except for United States citizens, who must pay US $100, a tourist visa costs US $50 per person. It is essential to confirm the cost again before leaving.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you secure a travel and cancellation insurance with coverage for Africa during your stay in Tanzania. If you wish to trek Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru, you must confirm with your travel insurance provider to see if it covers mountain climbing or if you need to purchase an additional policy. If you wish to dive, we also propose that you determine whether you require additional coverage.

Flight

You can reserve your flight based according to where your safari leads you; your arrival and departure schedules may vary. Based on your itinerary, we can provide you with appropriate travel recommendations. There are differences not only in destination airports but also in planes. Most tourists prefer airlines such as KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines. The various airlines vary in terms of both quality and affordability.

Health

We strongly advise you to consult your personal doctor for a general health check-up and recommendation on medication prior to your flight to Tanzania and once you have arrived in Tanzania, it is best to schedule a day of relaxation so that you can adjust to your new surroundings. Diarrhea, headache, and/or loss of appetite might result from a change in diet and high altitude. 

In Africa, be wary of the harsh sun. Use a hat or cap whenever feasible, drink plenty of water, and apply extra salt if appropriate. Drinking water from the tap is not advised in Tanzania; instead, drink mineral water from sealed bottles.

While in Tanzania

Safety in Tanzania

Tanzania is a pleasant, peaceful nation. It is advisable to remain vigilant on your possessions in big cities and popular places like marketplaces and bus stops.  Please leave your priceless valuables at home. Avoid going on foot at night; instead, arrange for private transportation.

While in the Parks, remember the following

  • Take advice from your guide into serious consideration.
  • Never leave the vehicle while on game drive without considerable advice from your guide
  • Adhere to the guidelines established by lodgings or tented campgrounds.
  • During a night hike, you must always be accompanied by a ranger.
  • Ensure that you adhere to all of the guidelines provided to you during the briefing.
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Clothing

We strongly advise you to avoid wearing camouflage clothing because it is considered military and is prohibited in several African countries. Besides, it is not regarded as a fashion trend by the locals. You should dress comfortably and in neutral colors. Additionally, it is less important to give serious consideration to the color of clothing, however, on game drives, colors like blue and black should be avoided because they draw tsetse flies and other insects. 

Your feet and ankles are prime areas for tsetse flies to hangout. It is advised to tuck your long pants into your socks if you visit a park where the tsetse fly may be present (such as Tarangire National Park) (not blue or black). For safari activities, neutral colours like light brown, olive green, and khaki are ideal and highly advised. Bear in mind that due to the dusty roads, white garments become filthy quickly and are therefore not recommended for wildlife safaris.

Here is some of the basic packing we’ve listed for you:

If for no other reason than to have room for souvenirs, you should pack minimally for a safari. To do this, bring basic clothing items like flexible zip-off pants, light layers for varying climates, or a simple skirt or pair of slacks that may be worn night after night in campsite.

Keep in mind that while most campgrounds will provide laundry services, dryers are not prevalent in the wilderness. As a result, clothing made of quick-dry fibers will keep you clean and cozy during your safari adventure!

  • 2 x Athletic socks
  • Plenty of undergarments
  • 2 x Short sleeve shirts
  • 4 x Quick-dry shirts
  • 1 x Pairs of pants
  • 1 x Rain jacket
  • 1 x Fleece
  • 2 x Shorts
  • 1 x Sun hat
  • 5 x Athletic socks
  • 1 x Bathing suit
  • 1 x Safari Boots
  • 1 x Safari Hat
  • 1 x Sunglasses
  • 1 x Flip flops/sandals for around camp
  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).
  • Batteries
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Insect repellent

Your luggage

In contrast to airlines, we do not have any luggage restrictions. Please keep in mind that since domestic flights frequently differ from international flights, it is important to check the limitations for this company as well if you have a domestic flight. To assist you in packing efficiently and lightly, see our safari checklist.

Safety

Friendliness, stability, and safety characterize Tanzania. Keep an eye on your possessions when you are in crowded places like markets and bus stations or large cities. Do not wear pricey jewelry out in public. Don’t stroll through the streets at night; instead, take a cab

National parks and nature reserves

Armed robberies have occurred in parks and nature reserves, targeting both organized tours and lone travelers.

Exercise caution in:

  • Around Serengeti National Park, the northern circuit
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Arusha National Park
  • Areas in and around Mount Kilimanjaro

Choose a trustworthy tour guide and stay away from camping and solo travel. Hotels can offer suggestions for trustworthy tour operators.

Despite the fact that camps and lodges are typically patrolled, potentially dangerous wild animals frequently enter the camp’s perimeter.

  • Adhere to the recommendations and cautions of the local tour guides and camp staff
  • Never venture out at night
  • Never leave kids unsupervised.
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Weather

Tanzania is close to the equator and thus has a pleasant tropical climate. With an average temperature of 20 to 30 degrees, the northern parks, in particular, are very enjoyable. Keep in mind that in some areas, such as Karatu and the Ngorongoro Crater, it can be cooler, and temperatures can drop significantly at night.

Climate patterns and situations will vary dramatically across Africa, regardless of where one travels. Before embarking on a trip, look into the weather forecast for the time of year travelers will be traveling. Prepare for adverse weather conditions, such as the possibility of a heavy rainfall in the midst of a dry period. It may become very chilly or very sunny; therefore, it is best to be ready for both. Besides this, always dress in layers, and all travelers are recommended to wear closed shoes.

Tanzania is in ‘winter’ time during the European summer. It lasts from June to September and also marks the start of the dry season. Temperatures begin to rise again in September. The jacaranda trees bloom lushly in the spring, from September to October, and Arusha is immersed in a beautiful purple glow. Short rains appear from October to November, with passing rain showers occurring every now and then until March. The rainy season usually begins around the end of March and lasts until the end of May. Check out where and when to go to see the Serengeti’s Great Migration at its best.

Tanzania’s coast and islands are generally hotter and more humid than the country’s interior. Mount Kilimanjaro, which is always covered in snow and ice, and Mount Meru have much lower temperatures that can easily fall below zero.

Currency

Tanzanian Shilling is the country’s official currency (TZS). There are 50, 100, 200, and 500 TZS coins as well as 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 TZS banknotes. In general, foreign currencies are accepted and can be converted to Tanzanian Shillings (TZS) at banks and exchange bureaus, especially Euros and US Dollars. Please note that no dollar bills are accepted older than 2006.

Credit cards are accepted in a number of lodges, but they often incur a service fee of up to 5%. Please inquire with us if the accommodations on your itinerary accept credit cards. As of now, only banking institutions are authorized to act as bureau de change in Tanzania. If you are planning to use your debit or credit card be sure to notify your bank you will be traveling abroad, because sometimes banks will deactivate your card if you have not notified them.

Tipping

Tipping is customary in Tanzania. A tip is not always expected in small and simple restaurants and bars (though appreciated). In tourist areas, it is customary to tip bellmen, maids, taxi drivers, and bus drivers approximately USD $1, 1 Euro, or 1,000 TZS. This type of tip is also given to people on the street that are helping out. In more upscale restaurants, a tip of 5-10% of the bill is appropriate. Tipping for your private safari guide/driver is recommended at USD $20-25 per safari car per day.

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